Instead of Running

2015 has decided to present me with an early opportunity for working on one of my running goals for the year: rest and recovery. Various injuries that exacerbate various other injuries have sidelined my running until further notice. One of the many things I have learned throughout all this is that I have a lot of time on my hands (relatively speaking). Go figure! Who knew I spent so much time running? I have also learned several other ways to spend my non-running time. Should you ever find yourself in a similar situation, here are some suggestions for how you might otherwise preoccupy yourself:

  • Not talking about running
  • Sometimes talking about not running
  • Strength training
  • Spin class
  • Sleeping in until about 6am one day a week
  • Attempting to swim – be very certain that these are attempts to swim, not actual instances of swimming. Subdivisions of this category include
    • Attempting to put on a swim cap
    • Attempting to open the door to the building in which the pool is located
    • Attempting to open the door between the locker room and the pool (note that actual swimming has not yet made the list of things to do while not running)
  • A little less strength training and spin class
  • Yoga
  • Physical therapy
  • Sleeping in until about 6am 2-3 days per week
  • A little less yoga
  • Baking cupcakes on a regular basis
  • Reading books for fun (which has always been on the list, but now there’s more time for it)
  • Sleeping in until about 6am 4-5 days per week
  • Homeworkinjured-runner-cleaning
  • Looking up cupcake recipes and stockpiling them for future reference
  • More homework
  • Sleeping in until about 6am every single day of the week
  • Cleaning (be sure to set hours of usage for the vacuum – roommates will appreciate that…)
  • Eating half a box of Cheez-Its in one sitting
  • Hibernating until further notice (which is actually rather lovely when the temperature hits single digits and outdoor surfaces transform into solid sheets of ice)

On one hand, it sucks not to run. On the other hand, I have found so many productive, beneficial and enjoyable ways to fill my time that it’s hard to resent the injuries. And now, I have more cupcakes to bake!

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(See the original post here!)


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